I just bought a Panasonic TH-50PX600U and received it last Friday. I paid $2150 for it. I am in the 100-200 hour break-in period so I have the picture settings set low during this time. But even with the it being set low, the picture is fantastic. I watched some space shuttle launches that ocurred over the last few years, in HD, and it was amazing.
I did a lot of research on TVs before my purchase. I looked in the Consumer Reports guides, forums to see what people were saying about different brands, etc... I settled with the Panny and I am happy with my choice. Oh, the TH-50PX600U does have a built-in tuner.
Here is a link to the Panny if you're interested in checking out the specs:
looking to purchase a 50" plasma and have just a few choices. trying to get a nice one between 2000 and 2500 . i live in a rural area of alabams and have direct tv. no over the air channels. question i have is do i need to purchase a plasma with an h.d. turner built in or is that a waste of money. i have been told that to receive h.d. signals i will have to purchase a tuner from direct t.v. and if that is the case do i need a tuner built in? also i have compared a panasonic and an LG model and it appeared to me that the LG had a cleared picture. please be gentle with a newbie here and i want to thank everybody for their responses.